Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Our cousins went home Monday evening. We had a good time entertaining our friends, but with the
death of Gracie, we did not run and play as much as we usually do. We spent most of Memorial day quietly contemplating many lives that have been lost, both our Soldiers defending our freedom, and our Golden Retriever friends. After the flags were taken down in the evening and our dinner finished, Bella, Molly, Piper, Emma and I sought the counsel of Nala. Nala has been around a long time and has managed to acquire a lot of knowledge in her 13 or 14 years. We don't know how old Nala is, and being a lady, she won't tell.
She said that she had been watching the trend in Golden's as more and more of her friends are catching the dreaded big C. She said she had some theory's on why it is becoming more prevalent, but she wanted to do some research before she made an announcement. She sat up late and worked hard on the computer drawing graphs and charting trend lines. By morning she had prepared several charts that clearly explained the trends in cancer in dogs.
This morning we were all watching the news, and sure enough, there was Nala's chart, or at least a chart that looked like hers, on the morning business news. It seems that the latest study has been released and there seems to be a tie between cell phone usage and cancer. Nala had already gone back ten years and charted the growth of cell phone usage and the increase in cancer deaths in Golden Retrievers. As she theorized, if you chart the two together, there is a direct correlation. With both cell phone usage, up over 300 percent, and cancer deaths in our older Golden friends, up over 300 percent. The two sets of data are conclusive proof that excess cell phone usage is causing tumors in our Golden friends. It also proves that Nala knows best.
It is scary, Bella and I may give up talking on our cell phones, and we may switch to text messaging instead. Now where are we going to find an iPhone with a larger keyboard that we can manage without getting daily pawdicures?
Mogley G. Retriever